Roger Ballen –  Theater of the Mind

International Launch

A new video artwork titled ROGER BALLEN’S THEATRE OF THE MIND has landed. The work follows Ballen’s hugely acclaimed video I Fink U Freeky, made with Zef pop group Die Antwoord in 2012 that, to date, has garnered 80-million hits on YouTube. Ballen’s more recent videos include Asylum of the Birds (2014) and Roger Ballen’s Outland (2015), created with artistic director Marguerite Rossouw and director Ben Crossman. ROGER BALLEN’S THEATRE OF THE MIND was shot during the photographer’s recent exhibition at the Sydney College of the Arts, Australia, in March 2016. A psychological thriller, set in a zone between sanity and insanity, dream and reality, the film takes Ballen’s work to the next level.
Haunting and intense, it begins with the world famous photographer giving a lecture on his work. In midstream his narrative is interrupted and he is dragged to dungeonlike asylum where caverns of horror are opened up revealing its inmates. Filmed in underground tunnels, built in 19th Century Australia to house the mentally insane, the work is, in a word, ‘Ballenesque’.
THEATRE OF THE MIND is directed by Roger Ballen, produced by Tanja Bruckner, with artistic direction by Marguerite Rossouw and with sound design by Shaun Hay.